Doom metal is among the oldest forms of heavy metal, rooted in the music of early Black Sabbath, who are generally considered one of the first heavy metal bands. In the early 1970s both Black Sabbath and the American band Pentagram composed and performed this heavy/slow music which would later (in the '80s) begin to be known and referred to as doom metal by subsequent musicians and by fans of the music. From the late 1970s to mid 1980s, bands such as Trouble, Saint Vitus, Candlemass, Cathedral, Pentagram and Witchfinder General contributed much to the formation of doom metal as a distinct genre. The form of music played by these artists can be described as being rooted in both the music of Black Sabbath and, especially in the case of Witchfinder General, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The slowness of their music is often seen by some as a reaction to the increasing tempos of the contemporary thrash, power and speed metal... [continues]
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